Thursday, May 24


Terminator skin? Researchers create self-healing material for robots.


In findings published this week, researchers claim the material composed of liquid metal droplets suspended in a soft rubber can spontaneously repair itself after sustaining “extreme mechanical damage.”


'A nail in the coffin': What the Supreme Court's decision this week means for workers


The biggest business ruling of the Supreme Court's term will effectively end millions of workers' ability to band together to take legal action against their employers

Should grandparents open a 529 savings plan to help with college costs?


For grandparents, there can be a catch to your generosity.


Mapping the rising tide of suicide deaths across the United States


New data provides a detailed, county-level look at the rising toll of suicide.

As Hawaii’s Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’

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Scientists see real-time studies of the active volcano, which is threatening Hawaii’s Big Island, as an “amazing opportunity.”

Who’s behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.

Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they…


Trump signs law rolling back post-financial crisis banking rules


Supporters say the bill will boost growth, while critics say it raises the risk of another disaster.

An Amazon Echo recorded a family’s conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

A family in Portland, Ore., received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” a voice on the other line said. “You're being hacked.” Apparently, one of Amazon.com's Alexa-powered Echo devices in their…

Why the Trump administration wants to make it easier for private companies to get to space

In a new policy directive to be signed Thursday, the White House vowed to streamline old regulations that it said hampered space companies for years.


New privacy rules could spell the end of legalese — or create a lot more fine print

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SAN FRANCISCO — Silicon Valley companies for months have been rewriting their privacy policies to make them clearer in time for a Friday deadline — the day Europe ushers in sweeping new privacy laws that could affect users worldwide. The…

A rape victim was just awarded $1 billion. Jurors told her: 'You're worth something.'

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In 2012, Hope Cheston was sexually assaulted by an armed security guard at an apartment complex near Atlanta while she was visiting a friend, according to court records. She was 14.


Elon Musk floats website where journalists and editors would get ‘credibility score’

What began as frustrated swipes at the press during earnings calls last year blossomed into full-blown fury when the billionaire inventor lashed out against the “holier-than-thou” media on Twitter.


N.J. Democrats loved the idea of taxing the rich — until they actually could do it

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Democratic candidates in several states are campaigning on higher taxes on millionaires to pay for the robust social programs. But the unexpectedly rocky reaction to the plan in New Jersey underscores the difficulty of raising taxes, even…



What the NFL’s new rules for anthem protests really mean for the First Amendment, according to experts

Washington Post

Since it was announced Wednesday, the NFL’s new policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem on the field or wait in the locker room, has done little to quell the debate that has grown into one of the country’s most divisive…


Parents who went to court to evict their unemployed 30-year-old son did the right thing.

But this doesn’t mean adult children are financial failures if they live with their parents.

The Radnor/Fort Myer Heights neighborhood in Arlington is growing up


A neighborhood that offers varied housing and easy commutes to D.C. struggles to balance development, diversity and affordable housing.


Booking a place to stay on your summer vacation? You have more options than ever.


Home rental websites and apps such as Airbnb and VRBO have replaced resort town brochures.

I've come to believe that 'are we at full employment?' is the wrong question


At the end of the day, we should view assessments of economic slack with a large grain of salt, and assume that there’s room to run until true, obvious price pressures develop.